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Grade 7 Up—Katla Leblanc has recently moved from LA to northern Minnesota, the ancestral home of her mother's family. The story immediately takes on a magical twist when she is summoned to the scary basement of a seemingly abandoned fabric shop only to find a chair being held for her among a circle of old women. It's a secret meeting of the Aslendigas Storkur Society—storks who recommend and vote on the placement of new souls in "vessels." Couple that with the new boy who apparently knows her from "before," and you have the making of a breathtaking urban fantasy. Delsol uses colloquialisms and rich language to create vivid characters and detailed settings. The inclusion of Nordic mythology and a sense of fate add to the tenor of mysticism, and the two young men in Katla's life, one of whom might be posing a danger to her, add interest and suspense.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL
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When her parents divorce, 16-year-old Katla Leblanc and her mother leave Los Angeles for the tiny rural Minnesota town where her mother grew up. Fashionista Katla misses Starbucks and shopping but is soon absorbed with her inadvertent and unwanted induction into the Icelandic Stork Society, an ancient order of local women who pair up unborn babies with would-be mothers. Then there’s Jack Snjosson, the gorgeous, brooding farm boy who seems fascinated with Katla—when he is not being rude and distant. (It turns out that Jack and Katla have met before, in a traumatic near-drowning accident five years earlier.) This snappy, lighthearted supernatural romance blends Norse mythology and contemporary issues with an easy touch. Although not as deep a read as something from Shannon Hale or Donna Jo Napoli, Delsol’s debut novel offers an engaging, humorous narrative voice along with the comfortable predictability of the folklore on which it draws. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Stork Trilogy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763656874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763656874
  • ASIN: 0763656879
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Delsol was born in Canada to English parents and grew up in suburban Detroit. She has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree from California State University, Long Beach.
After a year living and studying in France, Wendy moved to Los Angeles, where she remained for another twenty.
Post college, the rent was paid by working as a group tour coordinator in the travel industry.
Besides writing, her favorite job, ever, was mother to her two boys.
The writing bug bit at age forty. Wendy wrote her first novel and then took a year of writing classes through the UCLA Writers' Extension Program.
When her husband's job took the family to Des Moines, Wendy continued writing novels; she took classes through the University of Iowa Summer Writers' Festival; and she joined a local critique group, SCBWI, and the YA chapter of RWA.
Her young adult novel, STORK, is represented by Jamie Brenner of Artists and Artisans and was released by Candlewick Press on October 12, 2010.
Her adult novel, THE McCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS, will release on August 2, 2011 with Penguin Books.
STORK's sequel, FROST, will be published on October 11, 2011.
The third and final (working title TIDE) in the STORK trilogy is slated for release in October of 2012.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Katla is a city girl. Fashion, Starbucks, it's all a part of her life. Well, it was. After the discovery of her parents' planned divorced, Katla and her mother return to their roots - a small town called Norse Falls up in the mountains of Minnesota. Pretty much everyone in town is a descendant of the Vikings, or Norsefolk, including Katla and her mother. But Katla's only half - her father's roots are French. Katla comes to town with some less than exciting prospects - a jerkwad named Wade tries to get in her pants after a not-so-brief drinking session, the apple-delivery boy (and secret flannel fetishist) named Jack has some weird connection to her, and the store across from her grandfather's - owned by a woman named Hulda - is showing some strange signs. But that's only the beginning...

Katla is actually a Stork. No, not the bird that parents use as a flimsy metaphor for sex, but a member of a local, ancient order of Nordic women who see the 'essences' of children. When a child comes to them in a dream, so does the child's possible vessel - usually three different women. Things are heating up in the chilly town of Norse Falls, and Katla's just beginning to uncover one of many Nordic secrets.

Wendy Delsol takes every little bit of my mythology and fairy tale buff's dreams and melds them into a book that is enjoyable to its core. The plot, even without all of the references, is cool; a look at pregnancy in all of its forms (and vessels) and its effects on people, and a job that actually relies on thoughtful decision making. I love how the very basis of this novel is about Katla learning to make intelligent choices that affect the people in her daily life. The other part, involving Jack and his possible connection to Katla, is also swoon-worthy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Literary Obsession on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I discovered Stork while filling my Amazon cart with books I'd had on my wish list for a while. When this popped up on the recommended list, the word "Stork" automatically caught my attention - I was, after all, newly pregnant and quite fascinated with everything baby. The synopsis drew me further in and though when I purchased the book there were not a lot of reviews out yet, I decided to go with it anyway. I mean...storks...babies...debut can't lose! Right?

Unfortunately, wrong. The book did not live up to my expectations. While the premise was definitely unique (especially for the current YA scene), the execution of it was truly hit or miss. While the author's writing (and by writing I mean word usage/grammar/spelling/etc) was good enough to keep me reading, I definitely got tired of hearing about the protagonist's obsession with name-brand clothing. What got me, especially, was that Katla seemed like such a shallow, self-absorbed, selfish little chit of a thing...yet she was tasked with something that I, at least, believe is monumentally huge. Choosing which parents "deserve" a child? THAT sort of life-changing, awe-inspiring decision has been given to -that- girl? Ahh, NOW I understand why we have parents who abuse their children!

That was probably harsh, and I suppose that I am biased. Having struggled with infertility and having seen and heard of truly horrible things happening to children who belong to people who just really don't deserve children...well, that appalled me. Katla even lied at one point about her visions to her mentors and "sister" storks, just to cover her own tush. Yeah, that's just not okay.

I admit, the twist with Jack was interesting. The character development with Katla was there, and really, the -bones- of the story are very, very good. But, as I said, the execution was lacking. I'll read the sequel, but I'll be going into it with lower expectations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex F. Fayle on November 11, 2010
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This isn't so much a book review as a "read this book now!" thing.

When I downloaded the sample of Wendy Delsol's debut novel Stork to my Kindle, I whipped through it and clicked "Buy Now!" without hesitation. But then I decided to hold off reading it as I had promised myself I'd read something in Spanish first (living in Spain, I really need to improve my Spanish).

Then I broke that promise. On the bus home the day I downloaded the book, not having anything else to read, I started in on Stork and couldn't stop. I normally try to limit my reading to bus rides so that I'm not spending ALL my time in English (too much time in English does a lot of harm to my already iffy Spanish). However, I couldn't resist. The story pulled me in and didn't let me go.

The main character goes from sarcastic whiner to caring young adult without it being too much of a stretch. By nature she's obviously happy and giving - she's just pissed off at her change in circumstances - so it only takes the friendliness of a few people around her to to bring her out of her sulk.

Of course, gaining a (semi?) boyfriend doesn't hurt.

This growth mirrors the progression of her powers. She's forced to act as a responsible adult when choosing a vessel for the next baby that's to come to the community which can't help but flow out into other areas of her life.

The supporting characters are all believable and each has enough of a unique voice that they don't all merge into one. Plus although I had guessed the true villain early enough on, Delsol threw in enough distractions to make me doubt my guesses.

I have just one complaint - it wasn't long enough.
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